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A Guidebook to Virginia's African American Historical Markers

originally published by Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Compiled by Jennifer R. Loux, Matthew Gottlieb, and James K. Hare. Foreword by Colita N. Fairfax


BUY Paper · 112 pp. · 9 × 6.5 · ISBN 9780578475417 · $12.95 · Sep 2019

Virginia encompasses "this nation’s longest continuous experience of Afro-American life and culture," esteemed scholar Armstead L. Robinson has written. This book offers both highway and armchair travelers the first published guide to the locations and texts of more than three hundred state historical highway markers recalling significant people, places, and events in Virginia’s African American history. Published to coincide with the 2019 commemoration of the first documented arrival of Africans to present-day Virginia in 1619, A Guidebook to Virginia’s African American Historical Markers showcases topics of state and national significance, spanning the colonial era through the mid-1960s and the civil rights movement. Nearly all of these markers were approved by the Virginia Board of Historic Resources within the past forty years, through early 2019, thereby enlarging the sweep and scope of the nation’s oldest statewide historical highway marker program.

About the Author: 

Colita N. Fairfax is Professor of Social Work at Norfolk State University and Vice-Chair of the Virginia Board of Historic Resources.

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